Sandy Alderson & Co. threw on Semisonic’s one-hit wonder, and showed Nick Evans the door. Despite posting a stellar .306/.324/.472 line in 37 plate appearances last season for the Mets, the lefty-masher couldn’t buy a hit in 2011. The right-handed hitter posted a dismal .000/.294/.000 line in 17 plate appearances, including 10 plate appearances against lefties. In his place, the Mets plan to recall Lucas Duda, who might be a better source of bench offense for the team.
Nick Evans has enjoyed a successful minor league career in eight seasons with the Mets. His most fruitful season occurred in 2010, when he posted a .300/.371/.536 line with 23 homeruns, 80 RBI, and 88 runs-scored between Double-A and Triple-A. However in 2011, Evans only racked-up a .248/.285/.383 line with 5 home-runs, 16 RBI, and 15 runs-scored in Triple-A. While the hitter seemingly projects more as a platoon player (MLB career: .322/.379/.512 line against lefties versus .169/.183/.270 line against righties), his discouraging Triple-A numbers this year as well as his regression at the major league level does not bode well for his future. Given that Evans is just 25 years-old, there is a chance another franchise will throw him a life-line, but it’s equally as possible that he’ll hook back on with the Mets.
Similar to Evans, Lucas Duda has too enjoyed a very successful career in the minors. The difference being is that Duda has actually showed offensive progression in 2011. The big left-handed hitter has posted a dominating .302/.414/.597 line with 10 homeruns, 24 RBI, and 22 runs-scored in 157 plate appearances for Triple-A this season. The one big knock on Duda is that he is a defensive liability. Despite apparently playing the outfield and a little first base, it’s best that he doesn’t. Regardless of his defensive abilities (or inabilities), Duda will certainly be a better option off the Mets bench than Nick Evans.